Johny Hendricks says the door remains to be open for a return to the UFC.
Hendricks is a former UFC welterweight champion who final fought in 2017 the place he suffered a TKO loss to Paulo Costa. He introduced his retirement from MMA in June of 2018 however had one bare-knuckle combat after.
Since then, Hendricks has seemingly disappeared from the MMA world as he isn’t seen at fights or doing a lot media. He says he doesn’t watch many occasions and as an alternative simply helps prepare and coach amateurs or fighters he is aware of. Since doing that, Hendricks admits the itch to compete has returned. However, he says there is just one method he’ll return to the UFC and that’s if he can combat at 175-pounds.
“I do know I can’t make 170 anymore, I had my physique shut down too many instances. Proper now, I’ve been lifting weights and staying in form and coaching my guys,” Hendricks mentioned to BJPENN.com. “However, in the event that they launched a 175-pound division I’d be there and combat once more. I’m too quick to be a middleweight. Like I can do okay at middleweight however it must be good matchups for me. At 170 I can’t make it.”
Though Hendricks hasn’t competed in two and a half years, he nonetheless is simply 36-years-old and coaching on daily basis. So, he says if he will get the correct provide at 175-pounds, he would combat once more.
“I’m solely 36-years-old. I nonetheless run two miles, and I stroll round at 220. I’m not far off the place I used to be once I was preventing,” he defined. “At 170, I feel I used to be 210-215 however 170 was by no means within the realm, the physique mass received too excessive. In the event that they got here out with a 175-pound division, give me three months and I’d make it and combat once more.”
Hendricks doesn’t know when he’ll return, if ever, however he’s retaining his choices open. He does know if he comes again, it is going to be within the UFC and never in bare-knuckle.
“The bare-knuckle factor. I assumed I might be preventing a great striker however I went by six opponents, my flight was modified. It was a ache in my butt. However, for those who have a look at these guys, they’re getting lower loads and so they break their arms loads. I don’t wish to break my arms each combat, I don’t wish to get lower,” he mentioned. “There are simpler methods to make a dwelling. The probability of that occuring within the UFC, like all these cuts and damaged arms are slim, you get perhaps one time an evening. The UFC is loads safer than bare-knuckle.”
For now, Hendricks will proceed to coach his guys and see if the correct provide comes to finish his retirement and make the stroll to the Octagon once more.
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This text first appeared on BJPENN.com on 4/29/2020.